This is where Mr. Dunbar’s “Human Evolution: Our Brains and Behavior” makes an important contribution. The author is a distinguished evolutionary psychologist and former director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford University. Although cognizant of the stones and bones, he is concerned with some of the “softer,” but if anything more consequential, aspects of how and why Homo sapiens became what we are today.
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first transition took place about 2 million years ago leading to australopithecines; the
second transition took place about 200,000 years later, this is the beginning of early HOMO; the
third transition occured about 500,000 years ago involving the first archaic humans. The
fourth transtion happened about 200,000 years ago witnessing the rise of modern humans. Finally, the
fifth transition brings us up to the beginning of the Neolithic Age (New Stone Age) noted as 12,000 years ago. Neolithic humans began domestication of plants, animals, art.